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Mountain Chickadee in Poway

At about 0915 today, 21 February, I walked out to the end of my driveway and heard some calls in my hedge to the left, so I pished a few times. All of a sudden, a “chickadee-dee-dee” call came from the oak tree on my right. I felt confident right away that it was a Mt. Chickadee but I couldn’t see it. The bird then flew to the left and into a cultivated pine tree then disappeared. I ran back into the house to get my bins (forgetting all about my camera!) and dashed back out. After a few more pishes, the individual reappeared in a different pine across the cup-de-sac and I was able to see the definitive superciliary stripe above the eye. It then flew northward and disappeared. I have had this species at my house only once before about 1988 so was excited to record it again.

Tim Burr
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